Crazy, Stupid Love

How much do I adore the name of this bloghop to celebrate New Adult fiction? Soooo much! Because Crazy & Stupid are the two things I love most about writing New Adult tales. Characters in their late teens/early 20s are allowed to make certain mistakes that just aren’t nearly as cute & lovable when made by someone older. And I do so enjoy it when my characters exercise their right to let their judgment lapse.

The book I’m giving away today is my New Adult novel, Three Daves, which follows university co-ed Jennifer Whitney from age 19 to almost 22. Our girl makes all kinds of mistakes, especially when it comes to boys, but despite her failures, she continues to give romance the ol’ college try---determined to find the elusive “one.”

Did I mention that the story is set in the 1980s?

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Thanks Braine & Debbie of Talk Supe for hosting this most excellent hop.
These two lovely ladies had me over this week to reveal a bit about my own New Adulthood.

As a bonus treat, here’s a playlsit.
Let's call it Stupid, Crazy Love in the 1980s
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Black Velvet Seductions

Hey, just want to let you know that I'm a guest over at Black Velvet Seductions today. I answer a ton of questions about...well, pretty much everything, so I won't to lie---it's a looong post. But for fun, what say you skim it (leave a comment there, if you please) then come back here & answer ONE of the following:

1. Who is my celebrity crush?

2. Have I read Fifty Shades of Grey?

3. How much is Three Daves in Kindle (Nook too) today & tomorrow in celebration of Omnific Publishing's Three Year Anniversary?


Happy Anniversary, Omnific Publishing!

Today is not only Valentine's Day, it's the Three Year Anniversary of  Omnific Publishing. As one of the authors to have a short story included in the company's debut release, A Valentine Anthology, it also marks the anniversary of my first published work. (And Jennifer Lane's birthday---Happy Birthday, Jen!)

Pretty crazy and pretty exciting. Five novels were released on February 16, 2010, and the company now has 67 titles in its catalog. Many of them are shooting up the charts, and in 2012 one series shot all the way off and onto a six-figure deal at a major publisher. BREAKING NEWS: Make that TWO serieses sold to major publishers. Read about it here.

But even better than that, Omnific is adapting to this growth & success  in a way that allows it to stick to its primary objective: a quality product in the form of unique, romantic stories that have been skillfully and thoroughly edited and presented with beautiful covers and interior design. Because that's what readers deserve.   

To celebrate, Omnific Publishing is hosting a Kindle giveaway from February 14-16---THREE Kindles, each loaded with books  from one full year of the publisher's existence. Check out the full listing of books and enter to win here.  Aaaaaand that's not all!  Today through Saturday, the company's debut novels (Three DavesSeers of Light, Passion Fish, and Boycotts & Barfliesand A Valentine Anthology are on sale for 99 cents in Kindle and Nook.  So go on, be a love and tell all your friends!

Here are some Tweetables to make spreading the word easy
(or you can simply reTweet from my place):

It’s friends with benefits---#80s-style. Get it for only 99 cents through this Saturday. #ThreeDaves: http://ow.ly/hzGBs 

Six Rule-Breaking Romance titles by exciting up&coming authors only 99 cents through Feb 16: http://ow.ly/hzGHA 

@OmnificPub is celebrating THREE YEARS of Rule-Breaking Romance with a LOADED #Kindle giveaway & 99cent sale: http://ow.ly/hzGSs

You don't think I'm going to let you leave this celebration without a party favor, do you?  I made y'all a special mix tape for this fine Valentine's Day. Fourteen songs, all 80s & all with "Love" in the title. Enjoy!

Thank you Back to the 80s for a list of 80 songs from which to choose.


Insecure Writers Support Group: 2/13 Edition

Hello, fellow Insecurists. I hope this month finds you all well. Thank you, Alexi, for inventing and hosting this monthly shindig that has become my most favorite thing in the blogosphere.

Here are my not-so-deep thoughts for this month: I think because writing consumes so much of our waking hours and because we pour so much of our souls into it, it often feels like writing is our lives. So when we suffer a setback in our writing, like  a seemingly insurmountable plot issue, yet another rejection, or sinking Amazon rankings, it feels like everything is bad.

Well guess what---writing is not your life. Writing is a gift you've been given, and I don't know its purpose in your life, or mine either, but I do know that you've also been given a host of other talents and blessings. Don't minimize these other wonderful things by letting a writing setback cast a cloud over them too. Instead, when the writing gets you down, chuck it aside for a bit and take joy in these other things.

My challenge to you is this: think of one totally non-writing related thing you've already accomplished this month and celebrate it. Doesn't have to be fancy. For example, my accomplishment is that I used my mad vacation-planning skillz to find the cheapest, most sensible airline fare from Chicago to London and helped my parents book tickets to visit my sister across the pond this spring. They do so, so much for me, so it always feels great to finally be able to do something for them, even such a small thing. Okay, your turn.

Here's some listening music whilst you think. Sing it to yourself.
Because it's awesome. And so are you.
(is restricted for playback, so click the link to YouTube)

Speaking of celebrating---Visit the Omnific Publishing Blog to see how they're celebrating the company's 3 Year Anniversary. Loaded Kindle giveaways, a book sale (including Three Daves, woohoo!) and it all starts on Valentine's Day. You can bet I'll be posting all about it here next week.